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If your side car windows are anything like mine, they’re covered in sticky fingerprints, dog drool, and God only knows what else. And I never notice what those windows look like until someone else gets in my vehicle, because I’m never in the back seat.

So this weekend, I’m detailing my car from top to bottom, vacuuming, deodorizing and, of course, cleaning the side windows.

Getting the sticky grossness of the side windows won’t be an easy chore, but with a little elbow grease and these helpful tips, they’ll be showroom-clear in no time.

Start with a small bucket of warm soapy water and a clean cloth. Wet your cloth in the bucket, wring out the excess water and wipe down the side window to remove most of the gunk on the surface. Repeat as necessary until the window is free of all fingerprints and drool.

Then, grab a clean, lint-free rag or paper towel and your favorite non-ammonia glass cleaner. Spray your glass cleaner liberally into the clean cloth or paper towel and wipe down the first side window from top to bottom and left to right. This step will likely leave some residue on the side glass.

Before the residue dries, buff the side window in a circular motion with a third clean, lint-free cloth or paper towel to remove any streaks.

Just remember, if your windows are tinted, steer clear of ammonia-based cleaning products. The ammonia will compromise the tint film and could result in peeling or fading.